Under The Cherry Moon

1986 Warner Bros. Directed by Prince Produced by Robert Cavallo, Stephen Fargnoli and Joseph Ruffalo Written by Becky Johnston Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus Edited by Eva Gardos/Rebecca Ross Music by Prince and The Revolution As long as UNDER THE CHERRY MOON stays with being a playful, goofy romantic musical set in the south of France […]

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Hope Springs

2012 Columbia Pictures Directed by David Frankel Produced by Todd Black and Guymon Casady Written by Vanessa Taylor Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus Edited by Steven Weisberg Music by Theodore Shapiro I’m highly reluctant to describe HOPE SPRINGS as a “romantic comedy” because it’s nowhere near as brain dead as 90% of the movies in that […]

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Safety Not Guaranteed

2012 FilmDistrict Directed by Colin Trevorrow Produced by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass Written by Derek Connolly “Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.” This is […]

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

2012 Fox Searchlight Pictures Directed by John Madden Produced by Graham Broadbent Written by Ol Parker Based on “These Foolish Things” by Deborah Moggach Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) is way in over his head but he’s got enthusiasm, confidence and pluck enough to fill Yankee Stadium.  He’s inherited a dilapidated business from his deceased father, […]

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Paint Your Wagon

1969 Paramount Pictures Directed by Joshua Logan Produced by Alan Jay Lerner Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner/ Adapted by Paddy Chayefsky Based on “Paint Your Wagon” by Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Lowe Music by Lerner & Lowe/Additional Song Composer: Andre Previn In the late 1960’s Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood were at the top of the […]

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Chilly Scenes Of Winter

1979 United Artists Films Directed by Joan Micklin Silver Produced by Mark Metcalf, Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne Screenplay by Joan Micklin Silver Based on the novel by Ann Beattie Music by Ken Lauber Cinematography by Bobby Byrne Edited by Cynthia Scheider Even though I’ve seen it for the first time ever in the past couple […]

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The Seat Filler

2004 Magnolia Home Entertainment Directed by Nick Castle Executive Producers: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Produced by Nia Hill-Duane Martin-D’Angela Steed Written by Mark Brown-Duane Martin-Tisha Campbell-Brown One of the best things about watching movies with my wife Patricia is the unpredictability of what she’ll pick for us to watch.  She’s not as snobbish […]

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Broadway Danny Rose

1984 Orion Pictures Written and Directed by Woody Allen Produced by Robert Greenhut Cinematography by Gordon Willis Edited by Susan E. Morse BROADWAY DANNY ROSE starts off with one of the best opening sequences I’ve ever seen in a movie.  A gang of old school, Borscht Belt comedians (real life comedians such as Sandy Baron […]

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Knight And Day

2010 20th Century Fox Directed by James Mangold Produced by Kathy Conrad and Steve Pink Written by Patrick O’Neill Music by John Powell Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael Edited by Quincy Z. Gunderson/Michael McCusker When I saw this movie back in 2010 it seemed as if America’s great love affair with Tom Cruise was over. Yes, […]

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